Alerts iconFatal fall from height on-board Seatruck Pace in Liverpool in December 2018

What happened? The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published accident Investigation Report 9/19 into a fatal fall from height.  A crewman from the Cypriot registered ro-ro freight vessel Seatruck Pace died as a result of 4.5 metres fall through a vehicle ramp hatch. The crewman was working alone and preparing to paint the … Continue reading “Fatal fall from height on-board Seatruck Pace in Liverpool in December 2018”

Alerts iconPedestal Drill Chuck Assembly Detached Causing Head Injury

What happened? A crewman was drilling a hole through a wooden plank using a benchtop heavy drill machine in the vessel’s engine room.  The drill chuck assembly detached and hit the right side of his forehead resulting in a laceration above his right eyebrow.             What went wrong? Our member’s … Continue reading “Pedestal Drill Chuck Assembly Detached Causing Head Injury”

Alerts iconNear miss: failure of work procedures during hot work at height

What happened? During a crew change handover walk around the vessel hull, the Master observed a welder working close to the open/unsecured edge of a PS davit area.  The incident occurred during planned installation of additional access support plates at the port side davit area.  A ‘hot work permit to work’ was raised for completion … Continue reading “Near miss: failure of work procedures during hot work at height”

Alerts iconLTI: finger injury caused while working with oil drums

What happened? A crewmember suffered a fracture to the right-hand ring finger whilst arranging 200l oil drums.  The injured person was moving drums from a container using a pallet truck, assisted by a colleague.  During this work, the injured person trapped a finger between the drums.  At the time of the incident, there was no … Continue reading “LTI: finger injury caused while working with oil drums”

Alerts iconVessel hit moored barge whilst turning

What happened? Whilst turning in a river port, a vessel collided with a moored barge.  The vessel`s port quarter grazed the starboard bow of the barge at around 0.1 knots.  Damage to the vessel was not extensive, but the cost of repairing the damage to the barge was estimated to be US$350,000. The incident occurred … Continue reading “Vessel hit moored barge whilst turning”

Alerts iconFire in the accommodation: electronic items in cabins

What happened? An incident occurred on board a vessel which almost escalated into a serious accommodation fire.  A crew member finished his work for the day and returned to his cabin.  He plugged his mobile phone into an extension cable to charge; also plugged into the extension cable was a fan heater.  He then proceeded … Continue reading “Fire in the accommodation: electronic items in cabins”

Alerts iconGangway damaged when lifting line parted

What happened? A lifting line failed whilst vessel crew were lifting the gangway to stow it in position on departure from an anchorage.  The gangway was hoisted to a position 20-30 cm below the final position, when suddenly the wire parted making the gangway pivot at the top platform hinge, and it fell freely to … Continue reading “Gangway damaged when lifting line parted”

Alerts iconLifeboat damaged during deployment drill

What happened A lifeboat was damaged because of equipment failure during a routine deployment drill. During a routine boat drill in port, the starboard lifeboat was lowered to water level. The hooks were released by pulling the release wire in the boat. When the crew were hooking the boat back on, the lock lever of … Continue reading “Lifeboat damaged during deployment drill”

Alerts iconLost time injury – person slipped on the stairs and broke his arm

What happened? A member of the engine room team suffered a serious injury to his left forearm while carrying a pail of lubrication oil from the steering flat to the engine room.  He was carrying the pail on his right shoulder with both arms in support, and descending some stairs.  With two steps remaining, he … Continue reading “Lost time injury – person slipped on the stairs and broke his arm”

Alerts iconLost time injury (LTI): Finger injury during main engine exhaust valve overhaul

What happened An engineer suffered a crushed finger when there was an unplanned movement of a main engine exhaust valve during maintenance. The second engineer and a fitter were working together on the overhaul of a main engine exhaust valve. After completion, the valve was tested with compressed air. Once the air was shut off … Continue reading “Lost time injury (LTI): Finger injury during main engine exhaust valve overhaul”